An MLB Umpire Actuallly Apologized To A Pitcher After A Blown Strike Call And Fans Loved It

MLB Ump Chad Fairchild Apologizes To A Pitcher After Blown Strike Call


  • MLB umpire Chad Fairchild pulled an unexpectedly classy move after missing a strike
  • The man in blue apologized to Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt over the blown call
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Major League Baseball umpires have not only historically ruled the diamond with an iron fist but (as is the case with most tyrants who answer to almost no one) taken great joy in knowing they are almost always the final authority when it comes to rulings on the field.

While most baseball traditionalists adamantly maintain the “human factor” is what makes the game so great, it’s fairly baffling that we’re still relying on the likes of Angel Hernandez and other incredibly fallible umps to routinely make the correct call despite the ample amounts of technology that would make life a bit easier for everyone involved (well, except for the people that would likely find themselves out of a job).

During Monday night’s game between the Mets and the Braves, we were treated to the latest in a long line of blown strike calls courtesy of Chad Fairchild, who awarded Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson a base on balls after New York’s Chris Bassit appeared to paint the corner on a full count for what would’ve been the final out of the fifth inning.

Bassit was able to escape the situation unscathed, and Fairchild pulled a fairly unexpected move while the pitcher was making his way to the dugout by owning up to the mistake.

Based on the reactions, fans seemed to appreciate the rare gesture.

After the game, Bassit was all class in an interview where he said he also apologized for prematurely walking off the mound and acknowledged the difficult nature of Fairchild’s job before admitting he’s also far from perfect.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.